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Benedictine Sisters Monastery of St. Gertrude

About Us

The Monastery of St. Gertrude is more than just the sisters; it is becoming the Center for Benedictine Life which includes sisters, oblates, employees, cohousing, volunteers, friends and benefactors. Our purpose is to share Benedictine spirituality, values and practices with the world. St. Gertrude’s will continue into the future as the Center for Benedictine Life, creating new ministries and supported by new forms of leadership.

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Monastery of St. Gertrude, located in Cottonwood, Idaho, is a Benedictine community dedicated to living out the Rule of St. Benedict through prayer, work, and community life. The monastery is part of the Center for Benedictine Life, which includes sisters, oblates, employees, volunteers, and friends.

Ministry Work

Spirit Center: The monastery offers retreats, spiritual direction, and programs at the Spirit Center, providing a serene environment for personal and spiritual growth. The center hosts various retreats focused on different aspects of spirituality, including centering prayer, enneagram studies, and personal retreats.

Historical Museum: The monastery operates a historical museum that showcases the history of the Benedictine sisters and their contributions to the region. It provides educational exhibits and resources for visitors to learn about the monastery's heritage.

Inn at St. Gertrude: The inn offers hospitality to visitors, providing a comfortable place for retreatants and tourists to stay while they engage with the monastery's spiritual and educational offerings.

Oblate Program: Laypeople can join the oblates program to live according to Benedictine spirituality. Oblates participate in regular meetings, retreats, and spiritual formation activities, deepening their connection to the monastic community.

Daily Life and Mission

The daily life of the sisters is centered around the Benedictine principles of "ora et labora" (prayer and work). Their day includes communal prayers, personal meditation, and various forms of work. This structure promotes a balanced and holistic approach to monastic life, integrating spirituality with practical tasks.

The mission of the monastery is rooted in the Benedictine values of stability, hospitality, and ongoing conversion of life. Stability involves a lifelong commitment to the monastic community, fostering deep relationships and a sense of belonging. Hospitality entails welcoming all as Christ, providing a nurturing space for spiritual growth. Ongoing conversion of life is the commitment to continual personal and communal growth.

Vision and Goals

The Monastery of St. Gertrude aims to be a beacon of Benedictine spirituality, offering a stable and spiritually enriching environment where individuals can encounter God and grow in faith. Through their retreats, educational programs, and community services, the sisters strive to foster spiritual growth, intellectual development, and social responsibility.

Their commitment to hospitality, education, and social justice underscores their dedication to the teachings of St. Benedict and their mission to serve the broader community. The serene environment of the monastery, combined with its active engagement in various ministries, makes it a unique spiritual and cultural resource. The sisters' dedication to prayer, work, and community life ensures that the Monastery of St. Gertrude remains a vibrant center of Benedictine spirituality and a source of inspiration for all who visit.

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